2008.10.22 Nancy Salerno: school lunch

Written by David Green.

What a wonderful idea to eat breakfast to start the day. A good breakfast gets the body up and going for a days’ work. Statistics show that eating breakfast does promote better attention and academic involvement. Everyone should get up and eat breakfast together to start the day on a good note.

This is the age of quick and easy, or I can’t be bothered, or there is not time to cook, or I don’t know how to cook. If it doesn’t come in a box, forget it.

The breakfast program—good for the children, bad for the family unit. Parents are not taking responsibility for care of their children. It is easier to let the school provide for our children. Schools can now serve breakfast and lunch and offer education too? All I now have to do is give my children dinner, a bath and put them to bed at night. However, I would like to know what my child is eating and not eating. If that means I need to get up a bit earlier to prepare breakfast for my child and make a lunch, that goes with the responsibility of being a parent.

Parents are getting lazy, wanting someone else to do it for them, lacking commitment and responsibility to our children. We are responsible for their well being, not the school.

Make your child breakfast and spend a few minutes eating that food with them. Wake them up a bit earlier which should not be a problem if they are in bed no later than 9 p.m. This way they can get up and eat breakfast with you before they go off to school.

About the breakfast that was served to your child. I was concerned about the sugar content. Look again at what the child ate for breakfast. In the picture it looks like Trix cereal; the banana and milk are a good choice. The cheese stick has 220 grams of sodium. Trix cereal has 17 grams of sugar and 200 grams of sodium. This breakfast has too much sodium and sugar. What is a good amount of sodium and sugar? Ask a nutritionist, do not assume. I have been told that cereals with four grams or less of sugar are recommended for children.

A better choice would have been natural peanut butter on a whole grain cracker topped with a sliced banana and a glass of milk served with mom and dad at home.

All children should start the day off with a good breakfast. It really is not that hard to do. I don’t know about you, but I want to raise my child with values. Learn what is nutritious and read labels. I want to know what my child eats. Sure, it takes planning and time, but it is easier than you think. After all, these are your children.

– Nancy Salerno

Morenci Road, Morenci

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